The long and winding runway to the Fashionable 4
concludes today, with the national semi-finals and
fashion finales in both the head coach and assistant
coach tournaments. Based on the early returns, 2008
has been a banner year for the Runway competition
and there is no reason to think that next year won’t
even be bigger, especially if I am covering the
BO RYAN: “Normally I might be a little upset
with someone saying I look like a Badger, but not in
this arena. The Runway to the Fashionable 4 has
really grown into something we can all have fun
with. However I am not sure I would have picked Seth
Greenberg to cover the event. How did he advance to
the Fashionable 4?”
Coach, you’re killing me. I absolutely deserve a spot
in the Fashionable 4. As I have said on numerous
occasions during the tournament, style is not
something you can walk into a clothier and simply
buy. It’s something you either have or don’t have.
It’s not available for purchase.
While I don’t agree with Coach Ryan’s thoughts on my
wardrobe, I do agree that the Runway to the
Fashionable 4 has really provided coaches and fans
with something to have a lot of fun with. Once the
tournament begins, that competitive element suddenly
emerges. We all want to win.
And I plan on bringing a title back to Blacksburg, VA.
HEAD COACH NATIONAL SEMI-FINALS
Seth Greenberg (Virginia Tech) vs. Kerry Keating
JAY BILAS: “Greenberg's place in the
Fashionable Four is the equivalent of Cal Tech
beating Memphis, Kansas, UNC and UCLA to reach San
Antonio. I have been impressed that Seth has been
able to mix and match his one suit with his three
ties and four shirts to make it appear that he has
so many different looks. Greenberg’s closet looks
much like that of Jeff Goldblum’s in “The Fly.”
Greenberg is so refreshing in his sameness, but has
no shot against a well coifed youngster whose waist
size is less than his age.”
Those comments come from the king of simplicity. I am
insulted that my wardrobe is actually being
questioned. Perhaps Bilas would like a recount? As
for Keating, he is just another step on my stroll
down the runway to fashion glory.
KERRY KEATING: “Hey Seth, Coach Rick Pitino has
sent me some pocket squares that cost more than some
of your suits. Talk about someone being in uncharted
waters. You are really out of your element. This is
Seth Greenberg we're talking about. Seth Greenberg!”
KERMIT DAVIS: “Seth should remember that I was
coaching in the Big West Conference, when he was at
Long Beach State. He improved his wardrobe
dramatically when he started getting those ACC
paychecks. He was the King of polyester in his days
at Long Beach.”
First of all, Kermit Davis (Middle Tennessee) got beat
in the first round by the guy with the orange
sweater, Bruce Pearl. It’s not advisable to rip
others, when you can’t even style your way to one
victory on the runway.
Second, Keating is confused. He took the job at Santa
Clara because he thought it was the Santa Clara
Bronx. It’s the Broncos not “A Bronx Tale.” Even
Robert De Niro and Chazz Palminteri can’t help
For the much-anticipated announcement of my
advancement, I have asked CollegeInsider.com’s Ms.
Angela Lento to read the result.
ANGELA LENTO: “Sorry Seth. Kerry is
Jay Wright (Villanova) vs. Gary Waters (Cleveland
I am still stunned that I was beaten by the fashion
fraud that is Kerry Keating, but I plan on
fulfilling my obligation as host of this event so I
will continue with the results. That was a very poor
job with the announcement Angela.
Next up we have George Clooney against the classic and
elegant Gary Waters. It’s been a stroll in the park
for Jay Wright to get to the Fashionable 4, but he
actually has some tough competition today.
JAY BILAS: “Wright has more pocket squares than
career wins, and when he puts in an order for dress
shoes, the crocodile is immediately goes onto the
endangered species list.”
Bilas, who likes to sport the one-fold pocket square,
would lead you to believe that Clooney borrowed that
look from him, ESPN’s version of Cary Grant. As for
Clooney, nobody is a bigger supporter of his
advancement, but I think he will need more then just
a variety of pocket squares.
JAY BILAS: “Jay Wright is the UCLA of the
Wooden era in this competition. The wives of fellow
coaches swoon when Wright enters a room, much like
they do when their husbands leave a room. Wright has
huge dress shoes, and you know what that means...a
huge alligator had to die. If Wright has a good back
waxing before the voting, Waters stands little
chance of advancing.”
Jay missed his appointment for the waxing. Waters
ASSISTANT COACH NATIONAL SEMI-FINALS
Bacari Alexander (Ohio) vs. Orlando Antigua
The first semi-final has the Bow Tie guy up against
the defending champion. This is a big day for Bacari
and “Coke” Alexander. No other assistant has ever
won two titles and he is on the verge of a third,
with next year’s Fashionable 4 in his backyard in
Detroit. Coach Alexander is building dynasty.
BACARI ALEXANDER: “I have to be on my ‘A-Game’
to get to the championship game this season. Orlando
and I both learned a lot of tricks during our time
with the Globetrotters, but the edge that I have on
Orlando is that I left my bowtie at the prom back in
High School! When you're competing at this level
it’s not about gimmick looks it’s about style.
Orlando is my guy, but I have to give him a “Coke
and a Smile” for his efforts along with some payback
from our last match-up.”
It’s tough hard to argue with a Coke and a Smile.
Bacari is one win away from a dynasty.
Melvin Watkins (Missouri) vs. Brion Dunlap (Mount
It’s Melvin’s classic look against the combo
club-executive look of Brion. This was one of the
most competitive contests of the entire tournament.
Melvin had a lot of trouble keeping up with the
quickness of the younger and more nimble Brion. In
the end it was the experience of Watkins that wore
down his opponent. As a consolation Brion can tell
his boss, Milan Brown, that he actually advanced to
the Fashionable 4. Step it up Milan.
THE GAME DAY CREW
Before we get to the Fashion Finales, Jay will break
down the style choices of the ESPN Game Day crew.
Talk about a group of style-challenged individuals.
JAY BILAS: Rece Davis, or “Hollywood” as he is
known to his colleagues, is the George Clooney of
ESPN. His fashion choices may be puzzling, but
whatever shirt/tie combo he goes with is fully
supported by a poofy pocket square that is the size
of an open parachute protruding from his breast
pocket. Above the desk, he is impeccable. Below the
desk, Davis rarely, if ever, wears pants.
Rece at least looks like he is making an attempt. And
it’s good to know what Yankee starting pitcher Mike
Mussina does when he is not pitching. Throw a Yankee
cap on Rece and tell me it’s not the Moose.
JAY BILAS: “Dick Vitale is great to work with
because you look so good in comparison. Dick cannot
take credit for anything he wears. His selections
are either free, made by his wife Lorraine, or both.
When he is inducted into the Hall of Fame, he is
looking forward to receiving a new sports jacket,
because the one he now wears was a purchased in
Nice to see Vitale get that call from the hall.
Fortunately for him there is no dress code for
induction. He is reluctant to join the chrome dome
club, which is a little disappointing. The hair is
going back on defense quickly.
JAY BILAS: “Steve Lavin can wear any
combination he likes, because there is no way that
any reasonable person can take his or her eyes off
of what is going on up top. Whatever Lavin is
putting on that shell of his can lube every car at
the Daytona 500, and it would appear that Gene Keady
has pilfered some of it.”
Come on Steve. Enough with the gel already. Underneath
all the hair care products has to be a nice shinny
dome. You’d be a welcome member of our club.
JAY BILAS: “The Garanimals Digger Phelps sports
weekly that match his pen are rather disturbing. We
are still not sure what is decided upon first, the
pen or the tie.”
Digger I would be happy to lend you and Bilas some of
my fine tailored attire.
JAY BILAS: “It didn't bother me that ESPN let
Bob Knight wear sweaters instead of suits, or that
they gave him the sweaters for free. But, it told me
loud and clear Knight was a really big deal. Then, I
found out that the sweaters are not at all free.
Rece, Digger, Hubert and I have to split the cost of
Knight's sweater choices four ways.”
Coach can wear that ever he wants. Besides, his casual
look actually makes Vitale and Phelps look sporty.
Good move by ESPN having the non-dressers flanking
Coach Knight. It makes them actually look stylish.
JAY BILAS: “Hubert Davis told me that he has an
unlimited budget to buy clothes in order to look
better than I do. His budget is not nearly enough to
accomplish that task.”
Take him the hole, Hubert. He can’t hold you on the
Okay Bilas, do any of these guys have a chance in a
style-off with you?
JAY BILAS: No shot. My look is timeless,
elegant and with a dignified, unpretentious style.
As Larry Bird said to the other participants prior
to the NBA 3point contest, "who's finishing
THE FASHION FINALES
Bacari Alexander (Ohio) vs. Melvin Watkins
BACARI ALEXANDER: “The Runway to the
Fashionable Four has been a great vehicle for
assistants to get some name recognition as well as
have some fun. The fashion committee has been great
to me over the years, and I must say that they know
a well dress coach when they see one.”
It should be noted that not even the magnificent Jay
Wright hasn’t won three titles. And that is what
Bacari will achieve with a win today. His opponent
came close to taking head coach title back in 2001.
Melvin looks prepped and ready to bring it home
And that is exactly what he did. The dynasty will have
to wait until we get to Motown next April. Melvin
Watkins in America’s best-dressed assistant coach in
Gary Waters (Cleveland State) vs. Kerry Keating
I still cannot believe that I lost to Keating. I am
really disappointed with the judge’s final analysis,
but I will honor their decision. And it should be
noted that, along with Gary Waters, I am the only
coach in America to style his way to the Fashionable
4 in each of the past two seasons. I will be looking
for a third trip next April.
Now let’s take a look at final contest on the 2008
Runway to the Fashionable 4.
JAY BILAS: “Keating has had a difficult
transition to being a head coach, in large measure
because he was forced to leave his velour sweat suit
at UCLA. Only Wayne Newton looked better in velour
than did Keating, and both are equally popular among
I am going to be honest, I am not sure that I could
stomach a Keating victory. Much like Bacari
Alexander, a win for Keating would put him in a
league of his own. No coach has ever won the
assistant coach tournament and then went on to
capture the title as a head coach. While at UCLA
Keating won the assistant’s crown in 2006.
Keating styling his way above all others would be just
too much to deal with.
America’s best-dressed head coach in 2008 is Gary
Hey Bilas, call me. I have a couple of suits I was
going to give to the Salvation Army. You are welcome
to have them.
DAY 5: THE ELEGANT 8
by Seth Greenberg, Virginia Tech
It’s been a quite a weekend in San Antonio thus far. I
had a chance to speak with the CollegeInsider.com
people who informed that the 2008 Runway to the
Fashionable 4 is easily the most popular in the
They did however also mention that they are receiving
a high volume of complaints about one of the
competitors. Apparently there are a large number of
fans and even coaches that believe I should not even
be in the field, let along advance to the Elegant
JAY BILAS: “I would tend to agree.”
Well it’s good to see Bilas is back to provide insight
and analysis for the Elegant Eight. Jay took a brief
hiatus to do some clothes shopping, but he will be
in attendance through the championship contest on
the Runway to the Fashionable 4. Jay will be
breaking down the wardrobes of the ESPN Game Day
crew, between the National Semi-Finals and the
As for the outrage from the fans and coaches -- Come
on now. I am all about style.
Before we get to the results, I wanted to make one
quick announcement. CollegeInsider.com has issued a
press release confirming that the Fashionable 4
contests, originally scheduled to take place at the
Hyatt Regency in San Antonio have moved to another
venue. Instead the final matches will be contested
in remote location in Marlboro Country.
I thought we might give the understudies a little
attention. Four will advance to the Fashionable 4
event so this is a big day in their careers.
EAST: (2) Stacey Palmore (Virginia Tech) vs. (5)
Orlando Antigua (Pittsburgh)
Stacey brings a wide variety of fabrics and flair to
the runway. Orlando brings the bow tie. This should
have been a runaway from the word “begin,” but
surprisingly Orlando stayed close. In the end it
came down to timing. I was unable to get to event on
time to stop the judges from moving Orlando on to
the Fashionable 4.
Stacey made Hokie Nation proud today and rest assured
this result will come back to haunt the judges.
MIDWEST: (1) Bacari Alexander (Ohio) vs. (2) Wayne
The top two seeds basically cruised to the Elegant
Eight. Alexander was pleased with being tabbed the
No. 1 seed and felt it would be a key to his
BACARI ALEXNADER: “The seeding process has
always been fair and the people in my camp were
excited about the number 1 seed! What most people
don't understand about this tournament is that
seeding is critical to a good run.”
Bacari “and Coke” is seeking his third runway title.
This guy already has two and I have none. That’s a
He had just a little bit too much for Coach McClain
SOUTHEAST: (2) Mike Jones (Georgia) vs. (8) Brion
Dunlap (Mount St. Mary’s)
How about The Mount having two coaches in the Elegant
Eight? Head coach Milan Brown is also vying for a
spot in the Fashionable 4, but he has to deal with
George Clooney. Brion had his hands full too, but
that hint of Madison Avenue style gave him the edge
of Mike Jones.
At least one from The Mount is in the prestigious
WEST: (1) Melvin Watkins (Missouri) vs. (3) Lewis
It was close until it actually began. Coach Preston
has a bright future as a coach and on the runway,
but Melvin is on a higher plateau.
THE HEAD COACHES
WEST: (1) Tom Pecora (Hofstra) vs. (3) Kerry
Keating (Santa Clara)
What could be a better way to begin the head coach
Elegant Eight then to have Coach Keating eliminated
from the tournament. I have to admit I am not overly
impressed with Pecora’s wardrobe, but I will support
him in this contest against Keating.
JAY BILAS: “There is a fine line between
‘outfit’ and ‘get-up,’ and Tom Pecora has erased
that line. Pecora purchased his first suit out of
the back of a truck in Queens when he was in high
school, and it would appear that he has been
frequenting the same haberdashery every since.”
Jay that’s not exactly the type of analysis I was
hoping for. I am a little disappointed. We are
trying to get Pecora and NOT Keating into the
KERRY KEATING: “Pecora needs to understand that
its been almost 34 years now since I first set foot
on campus at Hofstra, when my dad was an assistant
in Hempstead. So he can't fool me, I know that he's
been recycling the polyester there. I think that he
also has been wearing Jay Wright's suit from 99,
which of course is 10 times better than anything
Seth could conjure up. I'm not sure the
hand-me-downs are going to cut it.”
Much to my dismay the judges agree. Keating advances.
That’s a very poor job by the committee.
(1) Bruiser Flint (Drexel) vs. (2) Gary Waters
Vegas took this one off the board, calling it a
‘no-contest.’ Waters should easily overwhelm the
walking Crest commercial. Let’s see if Flint is
still smiling when this contest concludes.
JAY BILAS: At UMass, Flint had only to
out-dress such fashion plates as Phil Martelli, John
Chaney, Speedy Morris and Al Skinner to be named
Atlantic 10 Fashionista of the Year. Now, with such
parity among college coaches, Flint has to have his
suits made at a price exceeding the entire budget of
his athletic department. Flint's ties alone are the
equivalent of a full scholarship.
That sounds like decent insight from Bilas, but ESPN
News is reporting that Waters has more pairs of
shoes then Flint has ties At $500-plus per pair,
Waters is walking in style to the Fashionable 4.
Bye, Bye Bru!
EAST: (1) Jay Wright (Villanova) vs. (15) Milan
Brown (Mount St. Mary’s)
It’s been quite a season for Milan Brown and The
Mount. They finished the regular season strong, won
the NEC tournament and knocked off Coppin State in
the NCAA Tournament’s open round game. Milan
followed that up with a revenge-win over Roy
Williams (North Carolina) in the first round and
went on to knock off Stan Heath (South Florida) and
Dave Leitao (Virginia) to advance to the Elegant
It’s been a great season for Milan, but it has to end
here. Sorry coach, but you have a flawless
performance to beat Clooney. One wrinkle and it is
SOUTHEAST: (10) Brian Gregory (Dayton) vs. (16)
Seth Greenberg (Virginia Tech)
KERRY KEATING: "Is Seth even IN San Antonio?
It's one thing to talk about his unprecedented run
to the elegant 8 as a 16 seed, its another to not
actually show up to prove if he even has any type of
Scroll back up to the East Regional Fashion Finale,
where Orlando Antigua (Pittsburgh) knocked off
Stacey Palmore (Virginia Tech). I told you that
result would come back to haunt the committee.
Did you really think when this tournament began that I
wouldn’t make it all the way to the Fashionable 4?
Next stop -- Marlboro Country.
DAY 4: THE SENSATIONAL
by Seth Greenberg, Virginia Tech
People amaze me. The Riverwalk in San Antonio is
crowded with coaches walking around wondering how I
have managed to advance to the Sensational 16.
It’s called style.
Let me state this again. Style is not something you
can walk into a store and simply purchase. You can’t
ordered through the mail or download off the web.
It’s something you either have or don’t have. My
opponents on the 2008 Runway to the Fashionable 4
have discovered that I certainly have an
overabundance of style and grace.
And they don’t!
KERRY KEATING: “Rick Pitino should get a
lifetime sportsmanship award for forfeiting the
first round. Seth couldn't beat Pitino if coach was
wearing his Final Four suit from 1987. Heck, coach
Pitino could wear Billy D's #34 uniform and still
beat Seth on his best day. If that wasn't a forfeit,
then Jed Bush was counting the votes.”
Santa Clara’s Keating would be well advised to concern
himself with his opponent, Bo Ryan. Talk about
improbable runs to the Sensational 16. It’s still a
mystery to me how a guy like Keating is included in
the field of fashionable coaches each season. I have
petitioned the NCAA to look into the circumstances
under which Mr. Keating was crowned best-dressed
assistant coach, during his time at UCLA.
Congratulations to Notre Dame’s Mike Brey. No Mike
didn’t advance on the Runway to the Fashionable 4.
The mock-turtleneck look doesn’t earn you many style
points and Mike isn’t exactly a GQ cover boy, but he
is an outstanding coach and his abilities as a coach
were honored on Friday.
Mike is the recipient of inaugural
Skip Prosser Man of the Year
Most of you know that Skip passed away last summer. He
was an outstanding coach, but he was a better
person. This award was created to honor his memory.
I was very honored to have been selected as one of
the ten finalists along with Mike, Rick Byrd
(Belmont), Frank Haith (Miami), Trent Johnson
(Stanford), Bob McKillop (Davidson), Sean Miller
(Xavier), Matt Painter (Purdue), Bo Ryan (Wisconsin)
and Gary Waters (Cleveland State).
Mike Brey is an outstanding individual. He certainly
cannot dress to impress, but he is a pretty
impressive individual and very much deserving of the
Skip Prosser Award.
My pal Jay Bilas, who is one of the 21 members of Skip
Prosser Award voting panel, got a glimpse of my
stylish attire in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency and
decided he needed to go shopping for some new gear.
He won’t be on hand to provide fashion analysis
today, but he will return for the Elegant Eight and
Fashionable 4 contests.
Among other things, Bilas will be critiquing the style
of his fellow ESPN Game Day pals. Talk about a
collection of style-challenged analysts.
Now let’s check out the results from the round of
sixteen, which is better know as the Sensational 16.
The field was reduced to eight on Thursday.
(1) Jay Wright (Villanova) vs. (5) Bob McKillop
This was an unbelievable battle. Villanova’s version
of George Clooney can out-style most coaches on his
worst day, but Bobby McKillop is classic! In this an
election year, McKillop exudes that Presidential
look. You can almost envision him taking the oath of
Bobby is the President, but Jay is the King. Elvis
lives and moves on to the Elegant Eight.
(3) Dave Leitao (Virginia) vs. (15) Milan Brown
(Mount St. Mary’s)
Milan Brown is quickly carving out a place for himself
on the runway. It’s a joke that he was given a No.
15 seed. I am really disappointed with the
committee’s inability to properly seed the more
stylish coaches, like Milan and myself.
For that reason alone the majestic Milan Brown moves
on. This was tabbed as a tightly contested affair,
but it was no contest.
It will be Milan and Elvis on Friday night for a spot
in the Fashionable 4.
(1) Bruiser Flint (Drexel) vs. (13) Wayne Tinkle
Can we just put Coach Tinkle into the Elegant Eight? I
have tried hard to be bias, but I just cannot get
past the fact that Mr. Fly was given a No. 1 seed,
while I was ticketed for the Style-In contest.
Apparently my pleas to have Flint knocked off the
runway have fallen on deaf ears. Despite a great
effort from Coach Tinkle, Flint advances.
(2) Gary Waters (Cleveland State) vs. (6) Frank
Frank Haith has all the makings of a top seed one day
soon. His suits are well-tailored and he is always
well-groomed. It’s hard to even find one whisker on
the clean-shaved man from Miami.
Like the NCAA basketball tournament, this is a classic
example of how it’s all about the matchups. If Haith
is on the other side of the bracket, he crushes
Flint and earns a spot in the Elegant Eight. Instead
he’s paired up with one of the game’s most stylish
Cleveland State’s Gary Waters has more shoes then
LeBron James has sneakers. That’s too much for Haith
to overcome. Gary moves on.
We will get back to the Southeast and West regions
shortly, but first I need to provide a brief update
on the on goings in the assistant coach tournament.
A number of assistants have filed complaints about
the lack of coverage of their event.
Guys let’s be serious. Other than your wives or
girlfriends nobody cares. Fans are not running to
the computer to see what one of you has to say about
the other. However, since Bilas is out shopping for
a new wardrobe, I will provide you with a little
coverage. Here are your ten minutes of fame…
No shock that the No. 2 seed in the East is rolling
right along. Hokie Nation can be proud of the
stylish exploits of Stacey Palmore. He has advanced
to the Elegant Eight and will take on Pittsburgh’s
Orlando Antigua. Coach what’s the story with the
JAMES WILHELMI: “I would like to officially
file my protest following my loss to Stacey Palmore.
Clearly there is a conflict of interest here. Of
course this is pointed out with all due respect, no
offense, I'm just saying!”
Wilhelmi is a fine young assistant at Howard, but he
cannot style with the likes of Stacey Palmore.
Most of the favorites have advanced. Mount St. Mary’s
Brion Dunlap is the lowest remaining seed (No. 8 in
the Southeast). Missouri’s Melvin Watkins and
Illinois’ Wayne McClain may be on a collision course
in the finals, but the two-time champion Bacari
Alexander will have something to say about that. In
fact, he has a lot to say.
BACARI ALEXNADER: “I am thrilled and humbled to
punch another ticket to the Runway to the
Fashionable Four! Over the years, I have paid my
dues and been through the tournament wars. As a
result, I've enjoyed the fruits of my labor having
earned a couple titles. You must not dress for where
you’re at, but dress for where you’re trying to go!”
Coach Alexander has clearly established himself as one
of the annual contenders for the assistant coach
crown. He clearly has an eye for style.
BACARI ALEXNADER: “Seth Greenberg will do a
tremendous job as usual. He understands the
importance of looking the part. Coach Greenberg
Like I said, coach Alexander knows good style.
(12) Bob Marlin (Sam Houston) vs. (16) Seth
Greenberg (Virginia Tech)
This might be the first time in fashion history that
Bob Marlin is the higher seed, but it’s only because
the selection committee dropped the ball on my
The Marlboro Man was styling through the lobby today.
He was talking to Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan who was named
the winner of the
2008 Jim Phelan National Coach
of the Year Award. Like Mike Brey, Bo is
another guy who should rack up a number of coaching
awards, but he will never take home any style
And that applies to Marlin to as well.
BOB MARLIN: “We have been sitting around the
campfire here in Marlboro Country, trying to game
plan for the Outlaw Seth Greenberg. My posse is a
little concerned about this matchup, especially
since Seth beat me last year. We have some concerns
about the process that determines the winners.”
Marlin has done an outstanding job of styling on the
Runway to the Fashionable 4 over the past few years.
Last season he just ran into a more stylish guy --
Me. This year he has taken it to another level and
like I said when the tournament began, “Nobody beats
the Marlboro Man.”
Except for me.
BOB MARLIN: “Seth just knocked the cigarette
right out of my mouth and into the Riverwalk. That’s
a tough way to go out.”
(10) Brian Gregory (Dayton) vs. (11) Steve Hawkins
This might be the most surprising pairing of the 2008
tournament. The diminutive Brian Gregory pitted
against the semi-portly but polished dome look of
STEVE HAWKINS: Seth is a card-carrying member
of the follicley challenged club, to which I also
pay my yearly dues. Therefore I do have a soft spot
for Seth, even if he has ripped me in the past.
Coach I appreciate that. I also appreciate you paying
your yearly dues. We can’t keep our organization
running at a high level without membership dues.
Unfortunately I have to go with BG to advance here,
but the Sensational Sixteen was a big step forward
this year. Next year the polished cranium could be
Fashionable 4 bound.
(1) Tom Pecora (Hofstra) vs. (5) Dino Gaudio (Wake
Is Pecora really still here? This is a joke. There is
no way the Colonial Athletic Association deserves to
have two No. 1 seeds. Pecora and Flint should be
participating in the newly created postseason
tournament. Not the CBI but the CBS --- Can’t Buy
Apparently the judges do not agree as they have Pecora
styling his way into the Regal final. Pecora in the
Elegant Eight? That’s a joke.
(3) Kerry Keating (Santa Clara) vs. (7) Bo Ryan
It’s our final contest to determine the final
contestant in the Elegant Eight.
KERRY KEATING: “Hey Seth I saw Dave Magarity in
the lobby this morning, he wants his clothes back,
let back out and pressed by Monday.”
Rumor has it that Keating was over at the arena today
trying to get on television. According to sources he
actually did get a little tube time on CSTV. I hope
that is true, as it will give the national audience
an opportunity to see that he is a fashion fraud.
Keating advances to the Elegant Eight only because Bo
Ryan was relaxing and enjoying his Jim Phelan Coach
of the Year Award. He didn’t show up to style
Rumor has it that Bo is sitting by the campfire,
telling coaching stories, somewhere in Marlboro
DAY 3: THE SECOND ROUND
by Seth Greenberg, Virginia Tech
There appears to be quite an uprising over my victory
on Monday evening. Apparently there are a great
number of people who do not recognize style when
they see it. As I have said previously -- Style is
not something you can purchase. It’s something you
possess. It’s a state of mind.
I didn’t even mention the fact that Rick Pitino
committed a major fashion violation when he broke
out the white suit. Jay Bilas also questioned the
Mr. Roarke-Fantasy Island approach of Pitino.
JAY BILAS: "It’s really hard to justify the
white suit. The Fantasy Island reference is
appropriate. Where is Tattoo?"
The CollegeInsider.com people are calling my victory
the greatest upset in the history of the Runway to
the Fashionable 4. That’s comical, coming from a
staff of non-dressers. Outside of Angela Lento, Brad
Holland and Kyle Macy and maybe Matt Drake (A.K.A
Archie Gates -- the George Clooney of
CollegeInsider.com) the rest of the staff has a
combined one suit and that’s even a stretch. It’s a
KERRY KEATING: “I laughed when I heard Seth had
beaten Pitino. I thought it was someone’s poor
attempt at humor. Seth, I dare you to wear a white
suit. I DARE you. No more Tommy Bahama silk or linen
jacket that you're going to pass off. I want to see
a tailored white suit. By the way, there is a reason
why you were in the style in bracket. Is that even a
bracket? Or just a courtesy for your commentary?”
Keating thinks he’s funny. He also thinks he’s
stylish. He should concern himself with his
second-round opponent Ernie Kent. The poise and
experience of Kent should be too much for Keating
and his pretty gray highlights. You secured your
first round win now make the trip to San Antonio as
a spectator of the Runway to the Fashionable 4.
Let’s take a look at Day 3 results. Winners get a
ticket to the Sensational Sixteen on Thursday
(1) Jay Wright (Villanova) vs. (8) Tommy Dempsey
JAY BILAS: “Tough to see anything other than a
win for Jay here.”
He’s college basketball’s version of Elvis. Nobody
does it better than Jay Wright. You quickly run out
of superlatives to describe Jay.
TOMMY DEMPSEY: “What a big win for the program,
beating Jimmy Patsos. That was just the first step.
I thought I should have been part of the Runway in
year’s past, but I was passed over so the win over
Jimmy was a few years in the making. It’s a tough
task competing against Jay, but I think we have done
some good advance scouting. We will compete.”
If Jay shows up in sweats he’ll clobber Dempsey. TD
had a very questionable first round win. He had to
exhaust all options just to beat Patsos. That was
competitive. Now he’s out of his league.
Clooney is the first entry into the Sensational
(5) Bob McKillop (Davidson) vs. (13) Dan Leibovitz
Bobby McKillop and I both represent classic style. The
classic look is a tradition like no other. It’s not
trendy. It’s timeless style. You won’t see guys like
McKillop and me sporting square toe shoes or suit
jackets that resemble trench coats. We aren’t
influenced. When it comes to fashion choices we make
our own decisions.
I have loyalties to the Jewish Coaches Association,
but Dan is overmatched by a classic look.
DAN LEIBOVITZ: “I think my lack of TV exposure
leads to a certain bias. Next year I need at least a
(7) Stan Heath (South Florida) vs. (15) Milan Brown
(Mount St. Mary's)
MILAN BROWN: “The Runway to the Fashionable 4
has become yet another vehicle for coaches to be
viewed in a positive light in a fun and relaxed
manner. I was asked about being named one of the
best-dressed head coaches during my press conference
before our 1st round game in the NCAA tournament. So
people notice what is going on with this fun event.”
Milan did get a lot of questions asked about his style
in advance of the NCAA Tournament.
Stan is making the transition to South Florida
seamlessly. As a former assistant under Tom Izzo at
Michigan State, Stan did an outstanding job of
surviving the fashion-challenged Big Ten Conference.
Did I mention that the Big Ten is worst-dressed
conference among head coaches?
I am buying into the Milan Brown style. Stan is pretty
sharp, but Milan is a rising star in our profession.
He’s an underrated coach and understated in terms of
(3) Dave Leitao (Virginia) vs. (6) Gregg Marshall
Tough matchup here. Marshall is no longer under the
radar as a head coach, but I don’t think people have
really given him enough credit for his attention to
detail with his wardrobe. This was a tough call, but
in the end Leitao had a little more length in the
(1) Bruiser Flint (Drexel) vs. (8) Jim Larranaga
Coach L opted to remain at George Mason, despite a
solid offer from Providence to become the new head
coach of the Friars. While official terms of the
offer were not released, it was confirmed that
Larranaga was focused on beating Flint and advancing
to the Sensational 16.
JAY BILAS: “For Larranaga it’s not what he
wears, but how he wears it. However you slice it,
Flint wins. His suits were tailored in this decade.”
Wow Bilas with the tough assessment of Coach L. This
from a guy who is the king of the mundane look. Did
anyone notice the picture of Bilas on the front page
of CollegeInsider.com the other day? The blue blazer
and stripped tie says it all --- Both simple and
Still, I have to give Bru a slight edge. He advances.
(5) John Thompson III (Georgetown) vs. (13) Wayne
JT 3 has really stepped it up. He cruised to a first
round win and caught a big break, when Trent Johnson
was upset by Montana’s Wayne Tinkle.
WAYNE TINKLE: “I think the Runway to the
Fashionable Four is a fun idea and it gives us a
chance (Montana) to participate in the post-season.
But I have to question the choice of Coach Greenberg
covering the event. Having Seth Greenberg oversee
this event is like asking Governor Spitzer to lead a
morality seminar. It just doesn’t make sense.”
That’s pretty harsh coach and not exactly the way to
endear yourself to a guy who has some say as to your
immediate future on the runway. You are way off in
your evaluation of my wardrobe, but I like the fact
that you brought something extra to the tournament.
Apparently the selection/voting committee agrees. The
Carey Grant-George Clooney clone moves on.
(2) Gary Waters (Cleveland State) vs. (10) Andy
Kennedy (Ole Miss)
Bald is beautiful. Nobody can question that. Coach
Kennedy was impressive in beating Bradley’s Jimmy
Les, but this is another level now. Coach Waters
shops in Paris and I am pretty sure that Coach
Kennedy does not.
Love the look, but it’s not enough against the former
(3) Rick Barnes (Texas) vs. (6) Frank Haith (Miami)
JAY BILAS: “Little Ricky from Hickory believes
that his suits drape on him. In reality, they look
like my grandmother's drapes on him.”
Bilas is really delivering the body shots now, but I
have to agree with here. Rick is stylin’ in the Lone
Star State, but Frank Haith has the South Beach Art
Deco thing happening. Frank has the look of a
legitimate contender for the title.
(8) Bruce Pearl (Tennessee) vs. (16) Seth Greenberg
I have to tell you. Looking at the scoreboard and
seeing a ‘16’ next to my name is insulting. I am
really disappointed with the selection committee. I
provided Angela Lento with tickets in the first row
behind the Virginia Tech bench this season and I am
rewarded with a spot in the Style-In contest. That’s
JOE DWYER: “Somewhere along the line Seth has
convinced himself that GQ is interested in shooting
him for the cover. Since Seth is a friend I can tell
him that the orange and purple ties are just not
working either. I have to quote the John Carpenter
film, ‘They Live.’ As my man Roddy Piper so aptly
put it, ‘that’s like putting perfume on a pig.’”
This coming from a guy who thinks wearing a skullcap
and jeans is fashionable. This is college basketball
and not the Winter X Games Dwyer. Another
fashionably challenged CollegeInsider.com guy.
JAY BILAS: “I fully expected this to be a
matchup between Pitino and Pearl. Instead of the
orange chest versus white suit it’s the orange chest
versus the follicley and fashionably challenged.”
Come on. Did you really think I was going to lose to
(4) Jeff Capel (Oklahoma) vs. (12) Bob Marlin (Sam
If you are looking for Bob Marlin you can find him the
great wide open space of Marlboro Country. The
Marlboro Man proved to be too much for Bill Self in
the first round. Jeff Capel brings a lot more to the
runway then Self.
Hey Capel in case you hadn’t heard -- Nobody beats the
(2) John Calipari (Memphis) vs. (10) Brian Gregory
Self was out-styled because his focus was on getting
to the Final Four. Both Roy Williams and Ben Howland
were also first round victims. So how is that
That’s pretty impressive multi-tasking, but it ends
here. Napoleon Jr. advances. BG can style.
(3) Anthony Grant (VCU) vs. (11) Steve Hawkins (W.
The more I see him the more I am impressed with the
polished dome look being sported by Steve Hawkins.
STEVE HAWKINS: “It's nice to finally advance. I
was happy to get a higher seed and I followed that
up with a win over Billy Donovan. I hope that is a
sign that the committee is gaining an appreciation
for fat bald guys that do have a nice wardrobe. In
the past I have been left out of the field
completely so this sends a positive message to all
the guys that are a little overweight -- There is a
spot on the Runway to the Fashionable 4 for all of
There is no question that Hawk has been the victim of
fashion profiling in the past. There appears to be a
new approach from the selection committee, which
finally gives the dome club members a legitimate
JAY BILAS: “The first guy to keep his coat on a
Hawkins in a runaway.
(1) Tom Pecora (Hofstra) vs. (9) Ritchie McKay
RITCHIE MCKAY: “What a tremendous win it was
for our program. Beating someone with the style and
grace of Lorenzo Romar is nothing short of a major
win. I know Seth was critical of my early-season
attire, but we made some adjustments and finished
strong. I have to give my staff a lot of credit for
their advanced scouting and overall preparation.”
Coach McKay is pretty fired up about his stunning
first round win. There is no other way to describe
it other than stunning. Lorenzo was a real contender
for the title in 2008. Once again I really have to
question the voting process of the committee. Let’s
see what Bilas thinks.
JAY BILAS: “No comment.”
RITCHIE MCKAY: “Seth (Greenberg) has really
worked hard over the years to continue to elevate
his game to the level that he is at. He is a great
guy who has a tremendous eye for talent, and I think
he will do an excellent job helping to grow this
Kind words coach, but that won’t help you to advance.
This contest was close up until the time it actually
(5) Dino Gaudio (Wake Forest) vs. (13) Bill Grier
Two rising stars in coaching and in style, but Dino
has a little more experience here. While both have
competed in the assistant coach tournament in years
past, Dino was always a high seed and he has a
number of impressive victories on his resume.
The Demon Deacons march on.
(2) Jerry Wainwright (DePaul) vs. (7) Bo Ryan
JAY BILAS: “I never agreed with those that said
that Bo looks like the Badger. The Badger would
never dress like that in public. Jerry looks like an
That’s tough insight and analysis from Bilas, but once
again I must agree with Jay. I have to ask. How did
these two advance out of the first round? Jerry
getting a 2 seed is very suspect and Bo being in the
field is very questionable. What’s worse is that one
of these guys will advance to the Sensational 16.
We will go with regular season wins as the deciding
factor, which favors Ryan.
BO RYAN: “It’s great to be moving on. It proves
that the simple, hard working approach does work
when you apply it to the Runway to the Fashionable
(3) Kerry Keating (Santa Clara) vs. (6) Ernie Kent
KERRY KEATING: “We were excited with our seed
as a 3 being that this is our initial foray into the
upper echelon of a head coach's wardrobe. The staff
is anxious to add to the assistant titles that we
earned in the past and that are prominently
displayed for our visitors to see. The first round
win put us one step closer.”
The last spot in the Sensational 16 is up for grabs.
Personally I think this should be a blow out victory
for Kent. But Keating seems to have the ability to
talk, rather than style his way into the next round.
KERRY KEATING: “Ed Conroy still has at least 10
of my hand me down ties from our days at Tulsa and
Tennessee, and it is apparent that the committee
used the first round to motivate lower seeds to
higher aspirations and haberdashery with protégés
and former coaches from their current schools in the
same brackets. Ed is my boy, and I'm sure his wife
is just excited that he actually made the field,
since she is responsible for his attire, although if
Ed had a choice, he'd rather be in dress Blues and
marching every morning with his team. He is the most
decorated cadet to play hoops at Citadel after all.”
Keating loves to hear the sound of his own voice.
Kent has some of the same qualities as Jay Wright. He
has great sideline presence. Rarely if ever does he
loosen even one button. He’s always in control and
he looks freshly pressed in the postgame press
How can a guy that smooth not advance?
Kerry’s dad, who is the Associate Athletic Director at
Kansas won’t have a lot of time this week to follow
his son on the runway, but he did have time to issue
a quick statement.
LARRY KEATING: “Bad first round match up but
now it looks like clear sailing to the Fashionable
DAY 2: THE FIRST ROUND
by Seth Greenberg, Virginia Tech
I am not sure that I am pleased to welcome him, but I
would like to announce the arrival of ESPN’s own Jay
Bilas to the 2008 Runway to the Fashionable 4. Jay,
for some unknown reason, will be providing fashion
analysis. Jay is very knowledgeable when it comes to
the game of basketball, but I have to question his
Nevertheless, let’s see what Mr. Bilas has to offer.
JAY BILAS: “Let’s begin with the result of the
Style-In contest. This duo of fashion disasters is
the style equivalent of two No. 16 seeds playing
each other in the dark. Sadly, that appears to be
exactly the conditions under which the Greenberg's
dress themselves. What other explanation can there
be for the ‘fashion choices’ made by the
follicley-challenged brothers grim. Seth appears to
be channeling Larry David on a casual Friday, while
Brad would be better suited to wear the kilts
sported by his team's mascot (although the Radford
mascot has a much more appealing head). This
match-up is a coin flip and whatever coin you choose
is worth more than the suits the Greenbergs' wear.”
While I do appreciate Jay’s on-air support, regarding
Stephen Curry, he obviously has no conception of
what style is. Jay is the king of the blue and black
blazers. He has a little more hair then me, but it
appears that he is working the wrap around nicely.
We will get back to Bilas later. Now let’s take a look
at the first round results, which took place on
Monday, March 31.
(1) Jay Wright (Villanova) vs. (16) Mike Lonergan
MIKE LONERGAN: “I was very disappointed with my
seeding. This is a tough matchup. Jay must be the
overall #1 seed in the entire tourney. His shoes
probably cost more than my suits! There is a reason
a #16 has never beaten a #1 seed in the tournament!
Vegas won't even put a line on Jay Wright because he
is the prohibitive favorite in the Runway to the
George Clooney (A.K.A. Jay Wright) never looked so
good. Does he lay everything out flat a week in
advance? The guy never has a thread out of place.
It’s like the guy is programmed for fashion. Just
once I would like to see him loosen up one button.
Even when his team suffered a heartbreaking loss at
Georgetown, Clooney kept his cool and composure. His
poise and grace is amazing. Just once I would like
to see the guy a little messy, maybe a hair or two
going in the wrong direction.
JAY BILAS: “Jay Wright spends more on a single
haircut than most Americans spend on housing in any
I have to agree with Jay here. That’s a pretty
MIKE LONERGAN: “If we can pull off the biggest
upset in tourney history I am confident we can beat
my best friend, Jimmy Patsos, should he win a close
first round matchup with Tommy Dempsey and advance.”
Hey coach you are doing a nice job in Burlington, VT,
but you have no shot here. This is as close to an
absolute lock as there is. This is the most
guaranteed guarantee game of all time. ML was
matched up with Clooney and looking ahead to the
second round. Wow.
MIKE LONERGAN: “I know coaches aren't supposed
to say this but I am just happy to be in the Runway
to the Fashionable 4 for the first time!”
That is what you call fashionable coach-speak.
(8) Tommy Dempsey (Rider) vs. (9) Jimmy Patsos
TOMMY DEMPSEY: “I have to be a double digit
favorite in this match up. By the end of the game
the guy looks like he has been through World War II.
I can't lose to a guy that has his tie around his
head at the end of the game.”
It’s hard to argue with that coach. Jimmy Patsos
should carry an umbrella at all times. His suits
soak up a lot of precipitation on game day. He keeps
three different dry cleaners in Baltimore in
business. As for Dempsey, he is a work in progress.
He may have picked up some bad habits from former
Rider coach and current athletic director, Don
TOMMY DEMPSEY: “The committee did not do me any
favors with a potential second round match up with
Jay Wright. I have noticed that Jay has toned it
down a bit this year but he still brings it every
TD you should know that a toned-down Clooney would be
a mismatch for a Bronc.
Patsos has the experience of going to the Final Four
at Maryland. He knows what the pressure feels like.
I thought for sure that would help him on the
runway. I really have to question the fact that
Dempsey has advanced.
(4) Bobby Lutz (Charlotte) vs. (13) Dan Leibovitz
DAN LEIBOVITZ: “I have really been shopping to
try and improve my seeding. I bought three new suits
this season. Does physical fitness mean nothing in
these brackets? This is absurd”
Of course Dan was joking, but I will say that it is a
little absurd that he is a double-digit seed. Coach
Leibovitz is another outstanding member of the
Jewish Coaches Association. While Dan learned a lot
about the game from John Chaney, it’s clear he
didn’t seek any fashion advice from the former
Temple head coach. Like a good coach he has selected
the best and eliminated the worst. He has created
his own identity.
His opponent, Bobby Lutz is perfectly pressed at all
times. Every hair is in place. It’s all about
simple, classic elegance with Bobby Lutz.
Bobby is sharp, but we have to make sure the
sharp-dressed Jewish guys advance.
(7) Stan Heath (South Florida) vs. Dennis Felton
This is the best first round matchup in the
tournament. Felton is a former champion and Heath
has the look of a future champion. Dennis needs to
lighten up a little though and understand that the
fashion selection committee is not evaluating his
look during the summer recruiting months. Dennis,
shorts and polo shirt would work better then a sport
coat in July.
In clothes call, Heath advances.
(3) Dave Leitao (Virginia) vs. (14) Randy Peele
I have to ask. Why is Randy in the field? Randy never
looks like he is really dressed.
Dave Leitao has his own unique style. His sport coats
are long enough to be a trench coat on me. Dave has
the widest shoulders in the profession.
JAY BILAS: “Leitao should advance with relative
ease due to the fact that his suits and shirts have
a thread count of at least Super 200's, much like
his non-conference RPI.”
Again, why is Randy Peele in the field? This was a
(2) Roy Williams (North Carolina) vs. (15) Milan
Brown (Mount St. Mary’s)
MILAN BROWN: “I see that I'm matched yet again
against Coach Williams. As if a matchup in the first
round of the NCAA tournament enough! Another
match-up where I will show up with a rock and a
slingshot but this time hopefully I won't miss. I'm
telling you right now, if Hansbrough and Lawson show
up with a suit on, I'm protesting.”
Two words -- Style and Grace. Milan Brown is the Bobby
McKillop of the Northeast Conference. His style and
his abilities as a coach have both been greatly
overlooked by many.
Roy does a nice job with the Alexander Julian look and
has been close to advancing the fashionable 4 in
year’s past. His focus is elsewhere right now, which
could mean advantage Brown.
MILAN BROWN: “Maybe Coach Williams will forget
his tie or wear the wrong pair shoes. If he does,
the upset can happen.”
It did. Milan moves on.
(5) Bob McKillop (Davidson) vs. (12) Herb Sendek
Bobby styled his way to the Fashionable 4 back in
2002. What more needs to be said?
This is bad spot for Herb. Normally it’s Arizona State
that buys guarantee games, but the tables are
reversed on the Runway to Fashionable 4. This is no
contest. McKillop moves on.
(6) Gregg Marshall (Wichita State) vs. (11) Monte
This is a very good opening round matchup. Monte
graduated from the Phil Martelli School of keeping
it very simple. Gregg has done a phenomenal job of
creating his own fashion identity. He’s a rising
star on the runway.
Sorry Monte. You are doing a nice job at Delaware, but
you came up a little short today.
(1) Rick Pitino (Louisville) vs. (16) Seth
Greenberg (Virginia Tech)
First let me clarify something. There was a report on
ESPN News that my Style-In contest was not televised
by the Total Sports Network because they felt it
would not be suitable viewing for their audience.
That’s false. ESPN didn’t even consider covering the
event because they knew it would not be close. It
was the non-competitive element that prompted the
programming people to pass on televising the event.
As for my next opponent…
For starters the guy is still getting paid by the
Boston Celtics. You can’t buy a championship. You
can’t buy style. Style is something you have. It’s
not something you can simply purchase.
Let’s hear from Jay.
JAY BILAS: “While some may choose to focus upon
the sartorial splendor of Pitino in a custom made,
dark chalk stripe suit with a snappy pair of
Ferragamos, it is impossible for one to dismiss the
white suit worn for the Georgetown game. It was a
choice that would have made Colonel Sanders cry
fowl. Pitino looked like he was looking for his
trusty sidekick ‘Tattoo’ to join him on Fantasy
Island. And, the thought that he changed at halftime
to avoid revealing his blue skivvies is too much to
bear. Cardinal fans may wonder why his undergarments
were not Louisville red instead of Kentucky blue.
Hard to justify.”
Sounds to me like Bilas believes Pitino’s style is
Did you really think I was going to lose to ravishing
(8) Bruce Pearl (Tennessee) vs. (9) Kermit Davis
My initial thought was that Bruce would advance, but I
had to reconsider. Nobody has more orange ties then
my man Pearl. Light-colored suits are a bad choice
because he sweats too much. And Pearl do us all a
favor and keep your shirt on.
As for Kermit, he’s another classic style guy. He
brings old school to the runway. Not old style, but
the old school classic look.
JAY BILAS: “Bruce Pearl is deathly afraid that
the secret will be out -- He did not voluntarily
paint his chest orange for a Lady Vols game. It was
his ‘self-tanner’, which had a more orange hue than
he had anticipated. Now that he has the mix right,
Pearl will not lose to the coach of a directional
Wow that’s tough. Kermit is smooth, but Jay supported
my victory over Pitino so you gotta go Kermit.
Better luck on the 2009 Runway to the Fashionable 4.
(4) Jeff Capel (Oklahoma) vs. (13) Steve Shields
Jeff comes from the Mike Krzyzewski School of keeping
it simple. He’s one of these extremely fit guys with
a tendency to make everything look a little better
because he can wear it well. However I don’t think
he goes outside the box enough. He needs to be a tad
more creative. That may hurt in the later rounds,
but not here.
I have to ask. Why is Steve Shields in this
(2) John Calipari (Memphis) vs. Craig Robinson
Hey Cal, how many black suits are you going to sport?
He’s another guy that’s still using that NBA money
(New Jersey Nets) to try and buy a championship. I
have been very critical of his fashion sense in the
past, but he’s made improvements in his game.
However I would still like to see a little more
range in colors and fabrics.
CRAIG ROBINSON: “The only way I see advancing
is if I catch Calipari on an off day on his way BACK
from the cleaners.”
Coach Robinson did a really nice job this season, but
Brown is not going to beat Memphis. Sorry coach.
(7) Vann Pettaway (Alabama A&M) vs. (10) Brian
Vann is pretty sharp and he did a heck of a job this
season. He lost his best post player and his best
perimeter player in November, but still managed to
finish third in the league. That’s almost as
impressive as his attire.
Napoleon Jr. (A.K.A. Brian Gregory) is Tom Izzo all
dressed up. Can we get the hair any more perfect? He
rocks the runway with a Mid-western traditional
style. He’s in Big Ten country, but he’s not a
typical Big Ten button down one-pleat guy. BG has
had a tough act to follow in fashion maven Oliver
Purnell (now at Clemson). That OP Classic style
influenced many in the region.
By the way, where is OP in the field of 65? How did he
not get an invite? That’s a very poor job by the
Gregory just gets past Pettaway. Close. Real close.
(5) Bill Self (Kansas) vs. (12) Bobby Marlin (Sam
Congratulations Bill. I hated to see my man Bobby
McKillop come up one game short, but I was happy to
see you advance to your first Final Four.
Bill sports that traditional look. He keeps it simple,
but it works. However I don’t like this matchup for
him. Marlin is the Urban Cowboy of the fashion
JAY BILAS: “Self should win, if only for the
fact that he does not wear cowboy boots with his
Jay I have to disagree here. Nobody beats the Marlboro
(3) Anthony Grant (VCU) vs. (14) Bart Lundy (High
I am very impressed by the way Coach Lundy’s stylist
keeps his hair. He sports a neat, clean, reverse
fade. I like the way the dome is highlighted. That’s
impressive. He’s another fine member of the chrome
AG has a classic look with a hint of Miami flair.
Another guy that looks smooth, but I have to
question the commitment here. The jacket rarely
makes it to the first media timeout. The jacket
coming off is like losing a player to foul trouble.
You can’t lose weapons in the first few minutes of a
game. It’s hard to imagine a guy going deep into the
tournament without all his gear.
BART LUNDY: “I have no chance.”
I feel for you coach. I don’t think the committee has
enough respect for the mature guys who have their
hair going back on defense. There is no question in
my mind that the dome club is discriminated against
in this tournament.
(6) Billy Donovan (Florida) vs. (11) Steve Hawkins
Love the Hawk’s look. Nice job with the closely
cropped dome. That shows tremendous sense of style.
STEVE HAWKINS: “After seeing the matchup I had
a lot of confidence that I would advance, as long as
the contests are judged purely on fashion. Like Seth
I have long believed that the selection committee
has favored skinny coaches with a full head of hair.
The big bald guys have never gotten a fair shake. If
this is a beauty contest I have no shot. If it's
about style then Donovan has no shot.”
I can’t argue with anything there.
This is a battle of two 5-10 point guards. Neither guy
has a lot of choices due to their diminutive size.
Donovan, like his pupil Anthony Grant, never makes
it to the 16-minute mark with full ensemble. Keep
the jacket on.
JAY BILAS: “Hawkins wins, because Donovan
cannot locate his suit coat. He probably does not
even own one.”
March 27, 2008
(3) Kerry Keating (Santa Clara) vs. (14) Ed Conroy
Kerry Keating should not be in this tournament. He’s a
Ben Howland wannabe. He has begun pulling out his
own hair so that he can more closely resemble his
mentor. He’s one of these guys who believes he’s
stylish, but nobody else does. He’s better suited
for a classic Dick Davey argyle sweater with saddle
shoes. Let’s face it Keating, you’re a North Jersey
guy who dresses like a North Jersey guy.
KERRY KEATING: “I'm sure Seth would like to
expand this field, although probably to 66 and not
128 because then he'd be responsible for half of the
head coaches and if he had it expanded he probably
would only want a guarantee that he would always get
the last added spot, because let's face it, he is no
Kerry tries too hard. He’s a poor man’s Jay Wright. No
actually Kerry Keating is a homeless Jay Wright.
His dad, Larry, is the head of the rules committee.
Unfortunately he didn’t teach his son the rules of
I was really disappointed to learn that Keating
escaped the first round. Barely.
(1) Tom Pecora (Hofstra) vs. (16) Tom Parrotta
Another typical teacher-pupil matchup. Pecora is the
King of the blue blazer. He does a nice job with
statement ties, but I am still confused as to how he
ends up with a No.1 seed, while I get ticketed for
the style-in contest.
TOM PARROTTA: “It’s good to be invited back and
I look to make a real serious run at things. I can't
say I am happy about my seed being that it is based
on dressing rather than coaching itself. I thought I
stepped it up with the addition of some fine, silk
hankies. That being said, I like being the underdog
and my first round opponent I am looking forward to
in Tom Pecora, my former boss. Challenging? Yes, but
I think I can take him. I used to tie his knot ties
Parrotta won this matchup in last year’s field, but no
such luck this time around. The mentor schools the
(6) Ernie Kent (Oregon) vs. (11) Randy Bennett (St.
Ernie wins this in a runaway. Randy just doesn’t have
the body or the hairstyle to compete with Kent’s
classic look. However, I must commend him on the
effort. Randy is a longstanding member of the --
much discriminated against -- chrome dome club. I
guarantee the committee will be hearing from the
current membership of this club very shortly.
(7) Bo Ryan (Wisconsin) vs. (10) Gary Stewart (UC
There is no swing in Bo’s wardrobe. He keeps it
simple, which will not enable you to advance on the
runway. Still, Bo is probably the best in the
dressed down -- overrated in style -- Big Ten.
BO RYAN: “I do like the casual approach, but
Seth has to understand that I am 60 now. You know
this was fun when Angela (Lento) was overseeing the
event. Seth seems to have taken over. I am not sure
that Seth is the most qualified.”
For the record, the Big Ten is the most fashionably
challenged league when it comes to its head coaches.
But somehow the man that Dave Magarity once tabbed as
the Vincent Price of coaching, advances past the
regal look of Gary Stewart. You got robbed Gary.
(2) Jerry Wainwright (DePaul) vs. (15) Frank Martin
Frank Martin brought the sizzle of South Beach to the
Little Apple (Manhattan, KS). Unfortunately that
sizzle didn’t make it to the Runway.
How in the world did Jerry Wainwright earn a No. 2
seed? Not to mention Keating getting a 3 seed and
Howland being the 4 seed. What a joke this region
(4) Ben Howland (UCLA) vs. (13) Bill Grier (San
It’s a landslide win for Billy Grier. Howland has made
the mistake of taking fashion advice from his former
assistant, Kerry Keating. Ben does a nice job, but
when Denzel (Washington) and Jack (Nicholson) are in
the house you need to take it to another level. Stop
listening to Keating.
(5) Dino Gaudio (Wake Forest) vs. (12) Ricardo
Patton (N. Illinois)
Ricardo made the transition from the Buffalo logo
shirts to the Husky logo shirts. I love the school
spirit, but it’s not a fashion statement. In fact
it’s a fashion technical foul.
Dino has always been a sharp-dressed assistant and now
he is transitioning to the head coach tournament
nicely. He advances.
(8) Lorenzo Romar (Washington) vs. (9) Richie McKay
When it comes to Lorenzo I need just two letters -- G
This should be an easy advance for Romar. I was in the
crowd for the Liberty-Radford game (Cancer
Awareness) doing some advanced scouting for the
Runway to the Fashionable 4. While my brother Brad
wasn’t exactly styling, Ritchie was dressed for
shoot-around. He sported a mock turtleneck and
Jordan baggy sweats. I have to question the
selection committee’s decision to extend an invite
to coach McKay.
I hope you brought something better to the runway
RITCHIE MCKAY: “I am very happy we are a nine
seed. But when I first grabbed a glimpse of the
bracket and saw we would be facing Lorenzo Romar,
who is not only a dear friend, but a sharply dressed
cat, needless to say I know this is going to be a
big challenge. We will need to pull out all the
stops from the cufflinks to the matching tie and
hanky, for us to get by such a worthy foe.”
Much to my amazement, McKay pulled off the upset.
Aside from me being placed in the Style-In contest,
nothing is a bigger joke then McKay beating GQ.
Sorry Ritchie, but your just not as stylish then
(1) Bruiser Flint (Drexel) vs. (16) John Giannini
My man Bru. He’s kept a low profile this season. What
he lacks in style he makes up for with the best
smile in college basketball. The guy can’t dress but
he does have an infectious personality and he can
certainly coach. I am going to try an overlook the
cheap comments he has directed at me in the past. I
hold no grudge.
John G. is a good guy, but this is bad job by you
coach. Over scheduling.
(8) Jim Larranaga (George Mason) vs. (9) Mike
It’s one of those mentor-pupil clash.
MIKE GILLIAN: “It's nice to be bumped up to a 9
seed. If I get past him I should defeat Bru or
Giannini so look out Sensational 16.”
Jimmy L is a great orator and while he couldn’t make
the leprechaun disappear, he will certainly make
Gillian vanish. Look out Sensational 16? Come on
coach you had not shot in this contest.
(4) Trent Johnson (Stanford) vs. (13) Wayne Tinkle
This is one of the most powerful matchups in terms of
size and girth. My old pal Dave Magarity would call
this a “Portly and Stout” affair. Trent is a really
sharp guy, but Wayne might be the hidden gem of the
WAYNE TINKLE: “I am very excited about the 13
seed. Especially coming out of the Big Sky, which is
obviously out of the mainstream. Trent Johnson is a
tough first round match-up.”
Coach Tinkle brings a Carey Grant-George Clooney look
to the floor. That’s a tough combination to beat.
Trent couldn’t afford that second fashion technical.
He got ejected and Tinkle advanced.
(5) John Thompson III (Georgetown) vs. (12) Tom
Schuberth (Texas-Pan American)
JT 3 He makes it look easy. Schuberth has made great
progress, but he is still in transition from
assistant to head coach. In the end, UT-Pan American
is simply too far removed from the fashion spots.
Just a few miles from the border, it’s located
farther south then any other DI program. That’s too
much distance to compete with the District of
TOM SCHUBERTH: “Don’t forget, there’s always
those 12 vs.5 upsets. If the committee were to look
into my closets and see my wardrobe, and don’t think
I have one of the top 65 wardrobes in the
country-then they are certifiably insane.”
A little piece of advice, saying people are “insane”
(my postgame press conference ACC tournament) will
not guarantee you a place in the tournament. In this
case it won’t get you to the second round. Fit us
all for straight jackets.
(2) Gary Waters (Cleveland State) vs. (15) Charles
Ramsey (Eastern Michigan)
Initially I thought I would tab him as the Horizon
League’s Bob McKillop, but Gary was crowned
best-dressed in 2003. He’s an outstanding coach and
among the elite in terms of style.
CHARLES RAMSEY: “I have no shot.”
Coach Ramsey is smooth, but he’s a newcomer to the
tournament. Next year he will be more seasoned for
(7) Jim Les (Bradley) vs. (10) Andy Kennedy (Ole
Andy Kennedy has taken the chrome dome club to new
heights. His approach to style is part classic and
part funk. He combines that southern flair with one
of the best domes in college basketball. You are on
another level when you go with “0” guard on the
Jimmy Les has the NBA pedigree and is one of the
better young coaches in America, but you can’t
compete with the dome.
Bald is beautiful!
(3) Rick Barnes (Texas) vs. (14) Brad Stevens
Rick Barnes is a Pitino clone who adds just a touch of
Texas to his wardrobe.
BRAD STEVENS: “I am just happy to be involved.
I probably deserve a 16-seed. I can't imagine Coach
Barnes ever feeling better about winning a
first-round matchup in March. Hopefully, Coach
Greenburg will take it easy on me!”
Brad Stevens is a McKillop wannabe. He will be a
challenger when he grows up. Is he old enough to
vote? Great job this season Brad!
(6) Frank Haith (Miami) vs. (11) Gil Jackson
Frank has totally embraced the South Beach style. He
is always well-groomed. I would like to see him go
with a fade. Go with the “No. 1” guard.
Gil has lots of style. I love the suspenders, but the
South Beach element makes the difference here.
DAY 1: THE STYLE-IN
by Seth Greenberg, Virginia Tech
Having advanced to the Fashionable 4 last season in
Atlanta, I fully expected to once again be a part of
the tournament in 2008. And while I have had my
issues with the selection committee in the past, it
is difficult to find the words to describe my
initial reaction upon viewing the brackets.
Placing me in the style-in contest is an absolute
joke. This contest is better suited for the likes of
Bruiser “Mr. Fly” Flint (Drexel) or Tom “I got all
my clothes from Jay Wright” Pecora (Hofstra). How is
the world did those two non-dressers receive No. 1
It’s a joke!
I understand that Jay Bilas will be providing insight
and analysis on the Runway to the Fashionable 4. My
question is why? Ordinarily an analyst is someone
that is able to provide expertise on event he or she
is covering. Bilas brings little to the table in
terms of fashion sense. I really have to question
his involvement here.
Glad to see my pal Bruce Pearl back in the field
again, but body paint and orange sport coats will
not get you very far in this dance. He should
however cruise past Kermit Davis (Middle Tennessee)
in the opening round.
I have to say this field has a number of question
marks. There are a number of guys in this year’s
field that have no concept of fashion. I am guessing
that the name ‘Bob Marlin’ (Sam Houston State) and
the word ‘stylish’ never found their way into the
John Thompson III (Georgetown) has stepped up a little
bit, but I have to question the seeding. Better
threads, but he still has his dad’s body.
Speaking of seeding, how about Kerry Keating (Santa
Clara) getting a No. 3 seed. That’s comical. He’s
the Jay Bilas of the field -- A lot of basketball
knowledge with no fashion game.
I will have more thoughts on the both the head coach
and assistant coach tournament fields on Friday. I
also have reporters in the field speaking to the
other competitors so we should have a lot of quotes
leading into first full day of action on the runway.
Now let’s get to the results of Thursday’s style-in
Sam Houston State has a representative in the style-in
contest for the third straight year, with Jason
Hooten representing the Bearkats.
Last year Neil Hardin defeated Gabe Rodriguez
(Vermont). It was Hardin’s second straight win in
the tournament opener. In 2006 he surprised Scott
Wagers (East Tennessee State). Coach Wagers was so
embarrassed he recruited a new tailor and strolled
all the way to the Fashionable 4 in Atlanta in 2007.
This year it’s Coach Hooten who was embarrassed. He
was beaten badly by Darren Kohne (Central Michigan).
As for the head coach contest, I have lot of love for
my brother Brad, but he really had no chance here.
Did you really think I was going to lose this matchup.
Pitino is next.